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Jerusalem Science Contest: FAQ

Jerusalem Science Contest FAQs

1. How long is the entrance exam?
2. Do students have to score a certain amount of points to be allowed to continue?
3. Is there a textbook to preview?
4. Who will be invited to the awards ceremony in Chicago?
5. How will the weekly tests be administered?
6. How many students typically go to Israel?
7. Is the contest completely funded?

1. How long is the entrance exam?

The exam should take about an hour to complete.
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2. Do students have to score a certain amount of points to be allowed to continue?

If a student scores significantly below the majority of other students, they will not be admitted into the contest.  The tests are designed to be challenging and the scores are often curved.
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3.  Is there a textbook to preview?

The textbook being used for the 2016-17 contest is Astronomy:  A Beginner’s Guide to the Universe, Fifth Edition, by Eric Chaisson and Steve McMillan, ISBN:  0-13-187165-X.
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4. Who will be invited to the awards ceremony in Chicago?

Final scores will be announced following the comprehensive exam in February. The top 5 scorers will be invited to join the week-long Israel trip. These 5 contestants will be asked to come to Chicago and give a short presentation at the award ceremony in March. The presentation will be a 5-8 minutes Powerpoint or poster presentation about the current state of research in some topic related to the contest theme (speakers choice). Presentations will be scored, and used to award trip spending money for the Israel trip. The only way that you can win the trip to Israel and/or the scholarship is by attending the award ceremony in March, and giving the presentation.

The comprehensive exam is timed 1 month before the Chicago awards ceremony.
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5. How will the weekly tests be administered?

An adult, independent person unrelated to the participant must serve as a proctor to ensure that the test is taken under test conditions by the participant. It doesn’t matter if a participant has a different proctor for each test. We need to have a phone interview for 5 minutes with any person serving as a proctor and the proctor signs a sheet of paper attesting that he or she administered the test to the participant under test conditions.  The proctor schedules the tests with the participants and sends them to us (either fax 866-449-7038 or email). The proctor is reimbursed for their time investment.
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6.How many students typically go to Israel?

 The trip will be limited to about 5 students.
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7. Is the contest completely funded?

IDT underwrites the prizes, proctor compensation, and trip to Israel, to the exclusion of all other contest related expenses that the participant chooses to incur. There is a $80 registration fee after that each contestant pays to participate.
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